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Landfill: Newcastle upon Tyne

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the figures for waste to landfill expressed in kilograms per person are not available for Newcastle upon Tyne; and if he will ask Newcastle city council why such figures are not available. (206689)

All local authorities provide quarterly returns on their municipal waste to WasteDataFlow. The only years for which no figures are available for Newcastle-upon-Tyne are 2000-01 and 2004-05, presumably due to the authority not having completed the DEFRA survey at the time.

Waste authorities with a disposal role must now complete WasteDataFlow returns to provide their data for the landfill allowances trading scheme (LATS). Waste collection authorities submit returns on a voluntary basis. However, the statutory requirement associated with LATS only started from 2005-06. Prior to this, all returns were voluntary.